Let’s get back local government’s voice
Ahead of the Labour Party Conference, Nick Forbes outlines some of the challenges for local authorities and his hopes for the party in this next phase of governnance
Council takes back control of children’s services
Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.
Sector-led approach shows results for kids’ services
A new approach to sector-led improvement for children’s services could be announced next month, The MJ understands.
If districts and counties can overcome their differences, they can use their collective knowledge to achieve extraordinary improvements that neither could bring about on their own, writes Paul Smith.
What went wrong in Rotherham
Sam Clayden analyses the findings of six independent investigations delving into alleged failures at Rotherham MBC at the height of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
LGA to launch early intervention support to councils
The Local Government Association is to offer support to local authorities to deliver prevention and early intervention activities.
Tackling loneliness with technology
Graham Allen and David Rees reveal how a recent project in Hampshire has shown how digital technology can help address the growing problem of chronic loneliness for the elderly.
Edinburgh health chief departs post
The chief officer to the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Robert McCulloch-Graham, has left his post.
County call for targets rethink
Councils have called for the Government to rethink a threat to strip them of promised cash if they fail to meet ‘undeliverable and arbitrary’ targets.
Connecting the dots in Notts
David Pearson discusses how a Nottingham-based partnership has shown the way health bodies and local government need to work together in order to maximise services and minimise costs.
An intermediate solution
With demands increasing on hospitals and care services, good intermediate care has never been more important, writes Ewan King.
The road ahead for managing social care
Sean Nolan looks at the conflicts ahead for the social care green paper and outlines some of the key approaches CIPFA will be investigating.
'Too much poor care' says social care watchdog
Four in ten care homes inspected this year are not good enough, according to the latest analysis.
Councils win legal battle with health boards
Health boards in Wales ‘misinterpreted’ the law over who is responsible for paying for nurses to deliver social care in residential homes, a court has ruled.
West Suffolk is going Dutch
Tony Goldson explains how a highly successful Dutch care model – Buurtzorg – could revolutionise the British system.
Creating a care system that benefits the majority
It’s no secret our population is increasingly ageing and funding can’t keep up, leaving our underfunded social care system in a state of crisis. Tony Pilkington offers ideas on how the sector must embrace new roles and responsibilities, connecting pe
Griffin replaces retiring Rickards
Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.
Union slams suspension of backdated social care ‘sleep-in’ staff payments
Whitehall action to prop-up social care providers has been criticised by local government’s largest trade union.
Establish long-term sustainability plan, Scottish government told
Councils in Scotland do not have the funding needed for health and social care integration, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has warned.
Good health starts at the district level
John Fuller reveals plans to open a conversation with government and the NHS about ‘prevention precept’ that recognises districts' role in reducing demand in the care system.